Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What Are You Doing in the Evening on January 16 ?

Here is yet another event that is FREE for Salem Residents and PEM Members.

PEM/PM celebrates La Vie Bohème, featuring acclaimed
writer Adam Gopnik

SALEM, MA — On Thursday, January 16, the Peabody Essex Museum is open late for PEM/PM, the monthly evening party series free for members and Salem residents.

As part of La Vie Bohème, an evening celebrating the café culture of the French Impressionists, PEM and The Tannery Series present Adam Gopnik, beloved voice of The New Yorker and author of Paris to the Moon and The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food. Gopnik’s pen has translated the glamour, beauty and profound achievement of French artistic life for a new generation, fueling the American imagination.  On this evening, he will discuss his years living in Paris, as well as leisure, bohemia and art.

The smooth sounds of Brooklyn-based French singer-songwriter Marine Futin will fill the Atrium, fusing jazz and blues with folk influences. An absinthe demonstration and brasserie-inspired tastings will round out the evening, along with the opportunity to sketch models dressed for the bohemian life from local vintage shop Modern Millie.

The night will be complete by taking a French-language tour of Impressionists on the Water. With more than 90 paintings, prints, models and photographs, the exhibition tells the story of how living near France’s waterways and oceans influenced one of the world’s most enduring artistic movements. The sparkle and play of light on water proved irresistible to key Impressionists. Rippling seas, dancing reflections and sailboats propelled by strong winds animate the art of Manet, Monet, Renoir, Caillebotte, Pissarro, Sisley, Seurat, Signac and many others on view at PEM through February 17, 2014.

Members and Salem residents FREE | Nonmembers $10 at the door | Cash bar

Tickets for the Adam Gopnik lecture in East India Marine Hall are included with PEM/PM admission and available by calling PEM’s reservation line at 978-745-9500, ext. 3011. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Print Partner
Scarlet Letter Press & Gallery LLC

Image Credit
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction and humor pieces, book reviews, profiles, reporting pieces, and more than 100 stories for “The Talk of the Town” and “Comment.” His books, ranging from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels, include Paris to the Moon (2000), The King in the Window (2005), Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (2006), Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (2009), The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (2011), and Winter: Five Windows on the Season (2011). Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Two months later, he received an honoris causa from his alma matter, McGill University. He is an active lecturer and delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations Massey Lectures in 2011. Gopnik lives in New York.

The Tannery Series was founded in 2010 by Newburyport-based writers Dawne Shand and Kirun Kapur. The series brings authors to the North Shore whose writing confronts the world in essential and curious ways. Running such memorable events as Love, Lust and Loathing and Are You Cool?— often for standing-room-only audiences — the series is known for presenting serious literature in a manner that makes it fresh, accessible and fun.

PEM/PM, with music and dance performances, food tastings, lectures and art-making stations, kicked off in the Asian Garden the summer of 2011 and has grown in popularity ever since. Participants have celebrated romance in PEM’s Chinese house, danced the Charleston and learned Indian cooking techniques. In February 2014, PEM/PM celebrates an evening of all things guitar when master guitarists Randy Roos and Bruce Bartlett create riveting  sounds on their Gibson solid body electric guitars, the galleries are filled with performers injecting unexpected musical sounds in PEM’s collection and experts give a guitar-building demonstration. The featured exhibition is FreePort [No. 007]: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. A flock of 70 zebra finches interface with an array of tuned and amplified guitars, exploring their habitat and responding to museum-goers, as they alight on guitar strings to create a constantly changing harmonic environment. from here to ear is on view at PEM from January 18 through April 13, 2014.


Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian export, Native American, African, Oceanic, maritime and photography collections. In addition to its vast holdings, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a newly redesigned interactive education center. The museum campus features numerous period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House , a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance PEM's mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructures and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion.

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